Amid hot summer weather and its first season open since 2019, Calypso Theme Waterpark in Limoges needs more water. 

On July 11, La Nation Council approved providing four litres per second (4L/s) of water to the popular waterpark because of the low level of the parks private water source, the Casselman Cement sand pit.  

According to a report from La Nation Director of Water and Wastewater Doug Renaud, if the water level in the sand pit rises again, the demand from the municipal water system would be less than four litres per second. 

Renaud’s report explained that in Phase 1 of the new water main connection from Rockland, the Limoges system has a capacity of 849 cubic metres per day and 410 cubic metres per day of that is being used to balance the needs with the system’s wells and users. There has been no significant residential development in Limoges in 2022, so therefore, the needs of the waterpark may be accommodated for the 2022 season. However, if demand from Calypso park becomes a nuisance to the water system, the municipality may reduce or refuse access to additional flow. 

“We don’t have a problem for this summer. If there is a possibility of it becoming permanent, we will negotiate,” Renaud told council. 

Council approved allowing the municipality to reach an agreement to provide Calypso with the additional water at four litres per second at a rate of $1.92 per cubic metre until September 1, 2022. 

The recommendation for the municipality to enter into an agreement with Calypso Theme Waterpark for additional water was moved by Councillor Alain Mainville and seconded by Councillor Danik Forgues. 

Cheese factory waste 

La Nation and the St-Albert Cheese Co-Operative have reached a new agreement that establishes a cost for the cheese factory to dispose of waste in the St-Albert sewage lagoon. 

According to a Water and Wastewater Department report presented to council on July 11, under the agreement, the cooperative is purchasing 111.1 sewer units – equivalent to 150 cubic metres per day – at a price of $1,444.29 per unit, for a total sum of $160,984.44 in revenue for the municipal capital reserve. 

Retroactive to June 1, 2022, the cheese factory will be able to discharge 150 cubic metres per day, an increase of 50 cubic metres from its previous agreement with the municipality. For the remainder of 2022, the cost to the cooperative is one dollar per cubic metre. Beginning in 2023, the cheese factory will pay an annual maintenance fee based upon the total flow meter reading up to the equivalent of 250 cubic metres per day. 

The quality of waste being discharged by the cheese cooperative into the sewage lagoon will be regularly monitored by municipal staff.  

“It’s good news,” comment La Nation Mayor François St-Amour on the new agreement. 

Councillor Alain Mainville said the agreement was the result of a lot of hard work. 

Councillor Danik Forgues moved to approve the agreement and the motion was seconded by Councillor Marie-Noëlle Lanthier.